Game Thread

Reds at Cubs (June 24, 2014)

The Cincinnati Reds (38-37) play for their 4th straight win tonight and are looking to lock in their 4th consecutive series victory. The Reds haven’t lost a series since dropping 2 of 3 to the Giants at the beginning of the month. Only Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs (31-43) stand in the Reds way of continuing their June success tonight.

STARTING PITCHERS
Arrieta will make his 10th start of the year after missing the beginning of the season with a shoulder injury. In 7 of his 9 starts, Arrieta has allowed just 1 run or less. He has been even more impressive over his last three games: 20 innings, 10 hits, 2 walks, 27 strikeouts and only one run on a solo homerun to Giancarlo Stanton. Fangraphs attributes his 2014 success to throwing a cutter more frequently. Prior to this season, Arrieta was throwing a cutter less than 15% of time. Over his past three games, he’s thrown a cutter for more than 30% of his pitches.

Homer Bailey takes the ball for Cincinnati. His best start of the season was in Chicago back in April. It is the only start of the year in which Bailey allowed 0 runs, and he also went 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI.

BULLPEN
After getting heavy use late last week, the bullpen should be well rested, if needed. J.J. Hoover hasn’t appeared in the past five days, last throwing 39 pitches on June 18th. The following table summarizes reliever pitch counts over the past 5 days:

Pitcher Total Pitches June 23 June 22 June 21 June 20 June 19
Chapman 71 - 18 - 33 20
Broxton 58 14 - - 23 21
Ondrusek 31 10 - - 10 11
Diaz 31 - - - 31 -
Parra 16 - - - 4 12
LeCure 13 - - - 9 4
Contreras 9 - - 9 - -
Hoover 0 - - - - -

LINEUP
Phillips is still day-to-day while Devin Mesoraco remains in the cleanup spot.

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
7. Skip Schumaker (L) 2B
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Homer Bailey (R) P

MINOR LEAGUE NEWS
Jesse Winker and Robert Stephenson were named to the MLB Futures roster for the USA Team. Doug Gray has the details and 2014 player’s stats.

MLB RULE CHANGE/CLARIFICATION
After apologizing for the incorrect interpretation of the home plate blocking rule during the last week’s Reds/Pirates series, MLB has adjusted rule 7.13 today and instructed umpires to not enforce the rule on force outs at home plate.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
There was some afternoon rain in the Chicago area, but there’s no forecasted chance of rain delays during the game. It looks like the Reds are facing a tough starting pitcher tonight, but I’ll choose to be optimistic that the Reds keep their record above .500 and continue to chase down the front running Brewers.

GO REDS!

180 thoughts on “Reds at Cubs (June 24, 2014)

  1. I know, I know, the Reds loss, but ya gotta give em credit for breaking through a pitcher throwing a perfect game, and being dominate while doing it. I expect the Reds will get a win tomorrow, taking the series before heading west to subject the San Francisco Giants to the Reds Surge. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

    • Hate to be dramatic but a series loss to the Cubs would be devastating going into a brutal 4 game series in SF- especially all the strides they have made to get back to .500= need a gem from Latos who is due for his 1st win

      • In Latos I trust. I don’t know, but I think “devastating” might be a bit much. Exasperating, or maybe disappointing might be the right words to describe losing the series to the Cubs, but devastating, I don’t know about that. It definitely wouldn’t be good that’s for sure.

  2. Hard to believe the comments. The team offense takes off when Votto comes back but he is should be traded? Seriously?

    I know this is the place to vent but the chances of this team making the playoffs without Votto in the line up are slim. He has been hitting great since returning and th team resonded. I don’t see him as some sacred cow that is above criticism either but the flack he takes here is laughable.

  3. One or two comments out of hundreds suggesting Votto should be traded, or time to blow the team up is not worthy of being taken seriously. Keep that in mind and it will do wonders for your blood pressure, I speak from experience. Go Reds!

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